THE INDEX

Hi there, I’m Stephanie...

Most days you can find me in the kitchen creating something delicious to eat. I’m mostly known for my food blog The Sensual Foodie, which started out of my little kitchen in a tiny apartment way back in 2011. I just wanted to write about something I loved. 

The things I am most passionate about in life are painting, writing, cooking, and taking photos along the way. I’m also into reading books about from inspirational to fiction and poetry, or anything else that sparks creativity. I do love literary quotes, and can spend hours searching for the best ones to use as captions for Instagram posts. 

I enjoy inspiring people to be creative in the kitchen and open to trying something meatless, whether it’s a plant-based take on mac-n-cheese, baking without eggs and dairy, how to make veggie “meatballs” and burgers, discovering the local farmers’ market for seasonal finds, or getting into making matcha lattes at home (with homemade almond milk, of course). 

I work with brands that I personally use, and enjoy promoting products in the most authentic way. I also photograph food, develop plant-based recipes, and style my own food photos. 

I coach people who want to craft their Instagram feed as a professional portfolio for their career, products, ideas and dreams. Using my artistic background, a love of color, creative insight and experience, I guide entrepreneurs, bloggers, and business-focused people on how to brand their ‘gram. 

As a food critic and writer, I appeared on MasterChef, as well as a new upcoming tv show with Chef Gordon Ramsay. I’ve photographed and written about the best vegan ramen, Asian desserts, and Chinese dumplings in Los Angeles. I’ve also written about Napa Valley wines, matcha tea, and Koreatown spas. 

When I’m not busy taking hundreds of photos of food and writing recipes, you can find me lingering in a favorite tea house with a frothy matcha latte. 

I live in Los Angeles with my three children. We all love our cozy three bedroom house with a backyard garden, and are planting our first lettuces and herbs in spring. My two girls want to create a fairy garden with seashells and rocks from the beach, while I have designs to plant more climbing vines and a Meyer lemon tree. 


here are six things you might not  know about me: 

1) I’m just an introvert learning how to come out of my shell! I was the tallest, longest, lankiest shy girl in elementary school that played the string bass and wore sparkly multi-colored knee socks with true panache. I also wore glasses and rainbow-unicorn-purple anything. 

2) I studied French classic cooking and pastry in my 20s, because I wanted to learn how to cook. I suppose starting off with cooking basics would have been essential, but I just jumped right into making puff pastry, eclairs, genoise, and crème brûlée like it was no big deal.

3) My first love was the piano. I began classical piano lessons at 6 years old, but even though I played Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Brahms, I never learned how to properly read music. My ear is so strong, and so is my memory. I faked reading music until things got more complicated and my teacher noticed that I didn’t turn the pages.

4) I speak and understand elementary level Japanese. I can also read hiragana and katakana. It’s one of my goals to become fluent and travel to Japan.

5) I’ve lived in artist lofts in downtown Los Angeles before they were hip (and heated). Way before the trend, I lived in an artist’s loft near Chinatown. It was huge, with brick walls, high ceilings, skylights, and concrete floors. My paintings were all on large custom-made canvases. My kitchen had a Wolf range, a sub-zero fridge, a long butcher block prep island, a few KitchenAid mixers, and all of the restaurant supply kitchenware I could ever dream of. Why oh why did I ever move? 

6) At 25, I decided to hop on an Amtrak train and take it cross country. I went from Los Angeles to New Mexico, and all the way to Chicago, D.C., stopped in rural Virginia at a quaint B&B, went along the east coast down to Florida, then through the south, stopping in New Orleans, where I eventually moved — and lived in a historical mansion along the streetcar line.

Back in 2011, I was 41. I began my blog The Sensual Foodie because I missed experiencing life's pleasures: feeling passion, being joyful, energetic and vibrant.

Back then I was an overworked, exhausted, stressed out single mom. I forgot about dreams, goals, and passions. I had just entered my 40s and oh, hello, sudden menopause! Plus, I was so defeated by life's challenges. I felt bloated and tired no matter how much I exercised or how clean and healthy I ate, and gosh, I went raw vegan for nearly one year straight. But I looked so much older than I was. I wasn't feeling good about myself. Something had to change. Have you ever felt that way?

I was a free spirit in my twenties. Traveled the country by train, wrote poetry in my journal, photographed the landscape, places and people. I painted oil paintings, made French pastries, listened to jazz. I dreamed about a romantic life, thinking there was so much time for more pleasure and creativity...

In my thirties, I became a mother to three children. I worked too much, slept little, craved being creative but found myself disconnected to my creativity.

So, in my forties, I realized it was time to reignite my strength, passion and creative power all over again. To feel desirable, sexy, fun, and to enjoy life.

After being in a state of stress with an early onset of menopause, I knew I needed to reconnect with passion. Living a passionate life isn't as effortless as it seems. It asks for us to be present, to go through the darkest places in our soul in order to bring out the brightest jewels, to be vulnerable, to live every moment as if it was our last. Feeling youthful and looking ageless isn't all about the surface. It's more than green smoothies or beauty creams. It's about finding your true creative self and being in love with life.

'You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.'

- elizabeth gilbert

We believe in lazy mornings, short breaks, long kisses, and moments that feel like they go on forever.

Adventure is the cure for anything that ails you, but it's somehow also true that there's no place like home with the one you love.

- coco chanel

‘You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty,
and irresistible for the rest of your life.’

my motto:

NEXT SET

Tea is an everyday pleasure. I have black tea in the morning, matcha tea during the day, jasmine tea when I feel tired, and herbal tea in the evening to help me relax.

01. I NEVER SKIP

hot tea

One of my favorite looks is the pin-up look: an hourglass dress, high heels, all the more glamorous with smoky eye makeup, lush lashes, and a pretty lip color.

02. love my

  pin up couture

I wore a hot pink retro style dress during my tv appearance on MasterChef (everyone else wore black). The pink dress was by Pin Up Girl Clothing in their sexy wiggle style. 

03. I'M KNOWN FOR

wearing that dress 

 Yes, I love avocado toast. Avocados are a daily thing for me. I truly believe that my skin glows because of avocados.

04. ADDICTED TO

avocados

How can I resist champagne? When given a choice between a glass of wine or champagne, I'll take bubbly!

05. LIFE IS BETTER WITH

CHAMPAGNE

PREVIOUS SET

Vanilla is such a luscious scent. I used to wear floral perfumes, however vanilla reminds me of happy moments baking in my kitchen and creamy vanilla milkshakes. (Sometimes I daub vanilla extract on my neck.)

06. my FAVE scent: 

vanilla

plant-based cheesecakes, fruit tarts, cupcakes, crumble bars, smoothies that taste like milkshakes, I'm pretty good at making things naturally sweet! 

07.I love to Make:

vegan desserts 

taking a stroll through a beautiful garden refreshes the mind, body and soul. Take off your shoes, feel the grass and damp earth, smell the green plants and blossoming flowers.

08. I LOVE

walking in the gardens

Being talented in many ways (cooking, baking, drawing, painting, music, poetry) makes choosing one thing difficult. But guess what? You might be multi-passionate like me.

09. multi-passionate

 creativity

Okay, the truth is: I'm a matcha tea addict. Matcha is a must-have item in my tea cabinet. From the fancy ceremony matcha to the culinary grade, I love all things matcha.

1o. LIFE IS BETTER WITH

matcha

THINGS

FAVORITE

a few of my